The Statesman and the Chronicle gave President Bush a clean sweep of Texas major newspaper endorsements today. I'm not surprised by this - in fact, I predicted it. I simply never expected any of the major Texas dailies to hold Bush accountable for any of his screwups. The cognitive dissonance would be too great for them.
I understand that a lot of people in Austin are mad about the Statesman endorsement. Democracy for Texas is apparently holding an impromptu anti-Statesman rally today (see Sarah for details; the DFT email is below the fold). I say don't get mad, get even. The best revenge you can take is to do whatever you can to see to it that John Kerry carries Travis, Harris, Dallas, and Bexar counties. Make those newspapers realize that they're the ones who are out of touch. Put up a yard sign, knock on doors, drive someone to the polls, it doesn't matter. Take action and make a difference. There's no excuse.
(One point to note: The DFT mail is incorrect when it says that Bush "didn't carry Austin the last time". Bush won a plurality of Travis County votes with 45%, thanks in large part to the 10% share that Ralph Nader got - Al Gore finished with 41%. I don't care how red Texas is - your vote matters. Make the right choice.)
The Austin American-Statesman will endorse George Bush on Sunday. After enduring weeks of this paper's piously endorsing Republicans because they "reflect the wishes of the people of their district," and trashing people like David Van Os and Stephen Yelenosky for being too partisan, the hometown rag has endorsed a man who didn't carry Austin the last time, and will lose it by an even bigger margin this time around.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Be at the Congress Avenue Bridge
This is what Austin is doing for democracy this week!
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Marla Camp, Glen Maxey, Teri Sperry and Fran VincentPosted by Charles Kuffner on October 24, 2004 to The making of the President | TrackBack